- Motorists and passengers have appealed to the federal government to fix Ogobomosho-Oyo road to avoid recurring accident on the axis
- Legit.ng's investigation reveals that the road has become a nightmare to the people who ply it on a daily basis
- A student of LAUTECH, Rahmat Sulaiman, lamented how lives of many students of the institution were ended on the road
Some motorists and passengers plying Ogbomoso-Oyo road have begged the federal government to fix some death traps on the road in order to prevent recurring accidents on the axis.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Osun state, Ibrahim Akinola, who conducted an investigation on the plight encountered by the users of the road on a daily basis, reports that many people expressed their displeasure over its neglect by the successive governments since the inception of the Ibadan-Oyo-Ogbomosho-Ilorin dual carriage road in 2000.
A staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) who simply identified himself as Engineer Badmus, said it has always been a hellish experience plying the Ogbomosho-Oyo road.
One of the passengers plying the road, John Chukwu, who spoke with Legit.ng, narrated how he narrowly escaped being killed in an accident along the road involving a trailer and a bus on Thursday, August 8.
He said: "This road has been foot-dragging for more than nineteen years now. The unending dualisation started by former president Obasanjo and the successive administrations continued awarding and re-awarding of the same project with nothing to show for it. They have turned it to a very lucrative mean of siphoning our commonwealth."
Legit.ng's reporter who monitored the situation observed that the road-block at some sections and the bad condition of the one lane road, resulted in serious gridlock which forced motorists to meander through untarred roads in villages and hamlets to reach their destinations.
It was also observed that some village "boys" were taking the advantage of the situation, mounting road blocks at intervals and extorting drivers at will before allowing them pass.
A final year student of Mathematics, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH ) Ogbomosho, Rahmat Sulaiman, told Legit.ng that the road had claimed lives of many promising students of the institution.
"Ogbomoso-Oyo road is actually a death trap. This is a road that has claimed many promising lives. I cannot count the number of our students whose lives have been truncated on this road from my first year till today.
"In every semester, we lose some students. It has been a great risk plying the road. We cannot but appeal to the present government to please stop these avoidable killings of innocent souls," she said.
Also speaking, an elderly man, Olarewaju Ayinde, who plies the road on a regular basis, wondered why the road remains a death trap 19 years after it was awarded by the federal government.
"Young man, I actually worry about you, the supposed future of this country. I am at the twilight of my life but what future awaits our incoming generations? Why is our situation this pathetic? How many kilometers is this road that we have spent over 19 years on? What type of leaders do we have? What kind of system are we operating? Do you know the number of people that have been killed on this road by accident?
"This particular road has rendered many people bankrupt. I was once into glass business, I lost goods worth of millions on this road some years ago. Can't we be serious as a nation at least for some time? Can't we get something right, at least one thing? This is a journey that ordinarily shouldn't take more than 30 minutes drive. I appeal to this government to save the lives and property of its citizen and be conscious of its responsibilities," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun confirmed two persons dead in separate accidents on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in the state on Eid-el- Fitri day.
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